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Accused Hialeah Ballot Broker Gets Year of Probation

Deisy Cabrera gets one-year probation in absentee ballot fraud case



    Deisy Penton de Cabrera, 58, who was accused of absentee ballot fraud, will serve one-year probation as part of a plea deal. Prosecutor David Schulson discussed the case. Attorneys Eric Castillo and Robin Pimentel spoke to reporters as they accompanied Cabrera out of court. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013)

    A Hialeah woman accused of absentee ballot fraud will serve one-year probation as part of a plea deal.
    Deisy Penton de Cabrera, 58, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of violating a county ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to possess more than two ballots belonging to other voters, the Miami Herald reported.
    An additional felony charge was dropped. While on probation, she cannot participate in politics.

    "We conducted a thorough investigation and we're satisfied with the negotiated resolution of this case," Assistant State Attorney David Schulson said.

    "At the end of the day, she wants to put this behind her, she's already been through enough and we believe that she has a right now to just go and live her life in peace," attorney Robin Pimentel said.

    Cabrera was arrested in August 2012 after detectives with the Public Corruption Investigations Bureau of the Miami-Dade Police Department began surveillance on her.

    Detectives spotted her collecting absentee ballots from numerous residences in Hialeah and later submitted a small stack of absentee ballot request forms to the Miami-Dade Elections Department in Doral, police said.

    After she was seen at a post office putting absentee ballots in a mail service slot, detectives found a total of 19 ballots in the slot, police said.

    Hialeah Woman Arrested for Absentee-Ballot Fraud

    [MI] Hialeah Woman Arrested for Absentee-Ballot Fraud
    A week after the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office confirmed it was investigating allegations of absentee-ballot fraud, a Hialeah woman has been arrested for violation of a county ordinance that prohibits having more than two ballots. Deisy Penton de Cabrera, 56, was arrested Thursday on two counts of violating the ordinance and one count of absentee-ballot fraud, a third degree felony, according to an arrest warrant.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012)

    Detectives also followed Cabrera as she stopped at assisted living facilities and a nursing home, where she allegedly filled out a ballot for an elderly woman who was unresponsive with a brain tumor.

    When she was pulled over by police, she had 12 absentee ballots which were signed, sealed and appeared completed, police said.
    Police said Cabrera illegally collected at least 31 absentee ballots for last year's Aug. 14 primary election.
    Her lawyer read a statement in court saying Cabrera had unfairly maligned in the media while political players behind voter fraud escaped punishment.

    Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office Investigating Potential Voter Fraud

    [MI] Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office Investigating Potential Voter Fraud
    State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle would not say exactly who her office is looking at as it investigates whether some voters committed fraud by having more absentee ballots than they’re allowed. County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, the office of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and elections official Christina White also spoke with NBC 6 about the issue.
    (Published Thursday, July 26, 2012)

    "It's clear that you guys wanted to try this case in the public," attorney Eric Castillo told reporters.

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